Important information for guided summer tours
A tour for your fitness level
Participating on our guided tours should be fun! In order for you and your tour companions to get the most of the tour experience, it is important that you choose a tour that is suitable to your physical and mental ability. Please read the tour and tour grading descriptions on dntoslo.no carefully, to find out whether the tour suits your fitness level.
It is advisable to start with your fitness preparations early, as getting into shape is not something that happens overnight (although some of us have a secret wish that it was). Remember that hiking in mountain terrain with a backpack weighing up to 8 kilos differs from regular exercise in urban terrain. If you are going on a cabin-to-cabin tour, we highly recommend that you do a couple of test hikes with the backpack you are going to use on the hike before you leave home.
Clothing and equipment
It is essential to bring suitable clothing and equipment for all weather conditions when hiking in the mountains. With the rule of thumb “Pack light and don’t bring too much”, packing correctly requires planning. Please see our recommended summer hiking gear list. Mountain boots are recommended and they should be well broken in.
Remember maps and compass
Free overview maps that show the cabins, marked routes, time distances between the cabins etc. may be obtained from our DNT Tour Information Centre. The tour description on dntoslo.no lists the detailed maps you will need. Purchase and study these maps whilst planning your tour and make use of them during the tour. This way you get to learn the name of places visited and you will get practice in map reading, a knowledge that can be both fun and useful for later tours. You can purchase maps from the DNT web-shop.
The DNT Tour leaders
All our tour guides have completed the DNT’s special training course for summer tour leaders or other training of the same standard and quality. Our summer tour leaders have experience with hiking tours, and show a high level of skill and expertise when it comes to touring the mountains in summer. Our tour leaders are not professional tour guides, as tour guiding is not their job or profession. They lead the tours on a voluntary basis, motivated by their passion for the mountains, for hiking, for being on tour with others who share the same interest, and for the DNT.
If an accident should occur during the course of the tour, the DNT tour leaders have first aid competence. The tour safety will also be enhanced when all participants’ has respect for and at all times keep in mind the “Participants responsibility” outlined in our general terms and conditions. Even though most tours follow marked routes, accidents can happen, requiring external assistance. As there many places in the Norwegian mountains do not have mobile phone coverage, it may be necessary to get to a place where it is possible to call for aid, which means that it may take some time before assistance arrive.
Accommodation and meals
Accommodation will mainly be in 4 to 6 bedded rooms. However, the policy of the lodges is that there is always room, and in periods with large number of mountain hikers, even groups can be asked to stay in larger rooms or dorms. For overnight stay in our cabins you need to bring your own sheet sleeping bag/sleeping bag if not stated otherwise in the tour description. Shower is an additional charge. For self service cabins beds have not been reserved and the tour leader organise the sleeping arrangements in consultation with other guests/cabin attendant. In these cabins, all participants must help with cooking, dishwashing, water supply, cleaning and general house-keeping. All lodges and cabins are non smoking.
Three meals are included each day except the first and last day. These are breakfast-buffet, lunch pack with a filling for your own thermos flask and 3-course dinner. The first meal is normally dinner on arrival at the first lodge. If the journey to and from the mountains is early in the morning, it is advised to bring a packed lunch or purchase a meal or snack on the way.
Tour departure meeting point and times
If you have booked a tour with transportation you will find details about the place and time of tour departure in the tour description on dntoslo.no or in your booking confirmation e-mail. Please note that the tour itinerary on dntoslo.no is subject to alterations due to time schedule changes. Consult your booking confirmation for the correct travel information. If alterations are needed after you have received your booking confirmation, you will contact you on the phone or by e-mail, and send you an updated booking confirmation.
Please register with the tour leader at the latest 20 minutes before train or bus departure, and before you enter the train or bus. The tour leader will be at the tour meeting point with a list with the name of all participants and all tickets, usually wearing a red or purple jacket with a recognisable DNT-logo.
Meeting point for departures with:
Train: By the platform exit in the main departure hall in Oslo Central Station. Please consult the monitors to find out which platform it is.
Bus: In the platform exit area in the main hall in Oslo Bus Terminal, Schweigaardsgt. 8-10, oslo. Please see the monitors to find out which platform it is.
Everyone can book our guided tours, you do not need to be a DNT member. If you are not a member or a collaborating trekking association, you will have to pay an additional fee when booking. If you wish to become a member you can easily join the DNT here.